San Diego Audubon is sponsoring a first for our chapter… a major photo competition, open to all, “focusing” exclusively on five endangered birds native to our region and benefitting from SDAS programs:
- California Least Tern
- Ridgway’s Rail (Light-footed)
- Western Snowy Plover
- California Gnatcatcher
- Coastal Cactus Wren
Winners will be selected for each of these species as well as best of show and special categories. We will feature the winning images in the September 2015 issue of Sketches, present them on our website and stage a show of framed prints in the SDAS office. Selected images will be used in future print and electronic media created by SDAS. Entries can be submitted from April 1 - August 1, 2015. Click here for full information and entry form.
This year marks Silverwood’s 50th birthday, and we have launched an ambitious campaign to raise $50,000 to sustain the sanctuary’s operation and programs. Celebrate with us by making a special gift today!
Fifty years ago this spring, Harry Woodward, then president of Central Savings and Loan Association, invited San Diego Audubon to hold our June picnic at Silverwood, an 85-acre property owned by his family. Seventy members attended – a big turnout for what was then a 300-member organization.
Shortly after the picnic, Harry offered to donate the property to San Diego Audubon to be maintained as a wildlife sanctuary. By December of 1965, ownership of the 85-acre property was transferred, and Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary was born.
Flash forward fifty years, and Harry Woodward’s vision of establishing a sanctuary for local wildlife has been multiplied many times over.
San Diego Audubon is excited to announce the award of the Opening the Outdoors grant from the San Diego Foundation. This $43,400 grant will fund a variety of outdoor education programs, including the OutdoorExplore! nature programs and a new Neighborhood Nature Guides internship program. The Opening the Outdoors grant will empower San Diego Audubon to offer 48 OutdoorExplore! nature programs and two OutdoorExplore! Family Hikes during the 2015-2016 school year. The grant will also provide San Diego Audubon with the ability to add a second-tier conservation program to OutdoorExplore! called Habitat Helpers where students have the opportunity to work alongside San Diego Parks and Recreation staff in hands-on restoration projects in local canyons and open spaces. With these programs, San Diego Audubon hopes to build a deep sense of environmental commitment in individuals while instilling a culture of stewardship of nearby nature- and the natural world as a whole.